Brooklyn Beer Gardens Where Kids Are Welcome

New York City is overflowing with family-friendly bars but chasing a toddler through a dimly lit room crowded with tables probably isn't your idea of a successful happy hour. When you're looking to grab a drink with the kids in tow, beer gardens are a better option, with plenty of space for little ones to roam around and menus packed with hearty fare that's sure to please picky palates.

Turns out that Brooklyn could give Bavaria a run for its money when it comes to kid-friendly beer gardens. A few even offer special activities for tots like sing-alongs and playgroups during daytime hours. So whether you're celebrating Oktoberfest, a birthday or just making it through the day without a meltdown, here are some of NYC's best beer gardens and halls where families can raise their glasses.

10 Food Trucks Your Kids Will Love in Fairfield County (CT)

Food trucks are all the rage and, luckily for us, they are popping up all over Fairfield County. You might have already spied one in a parking lot while running errands or saw a few trucks by your favorite farmer's market. Just because you're out with the kids doesn't mean you can't get in on the game! Kids like things with wheels and you like good food, so there's no reason to settle for the same old stuff when you're eating out. Food trucks are a labor of love and their chefs use the same ingredients we all try to buy for own our families: high quality, locally grown, farm fresh and organic. Most trucks tweet or post their locations on their facebook pages, so all you have to do to track down your craving is click a link. There are a lot of great trucks out there, so we've rounded up a few that are sure to be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Check it out!

The 10 Best Pancake Spots for NYC Kids

We've sleuthed out the most scrumptious spots serving up pancakes—that very essential kid food—in NYC.

Sure you can find pancakes on nearly every brunch menu across the city, or you could whip up a batch (pour mix into bowl, add water) when your kid asks for them AGAIN! this week, but not every flapjack is created equal. Why not let NYC's pros handle this one? Besides, New York is one of the best places to take kids out to try new foods, and pancakes are no exception. We've found the best classic blueberry pancakes, red velvet pancakes, gluten- and dairy-free varieties, cheap and fancy ones, and crepes, too!

Read on for your next family brunch outing.

Fall Festivals and Fairs in CT (Fairfield County)

For a few glorious weeks, we garner the envy of friends and family in California, Florida, Texas, and Hawaii as sugar maples crown our day-to-day lives with extraordinary color.  October is when all those folks wish they were HERE, clutching that steaming cider and cracking up as the kids trip through the pumpkin patches.  Aside from all the fantastic farms and corn mazes you can visit, there are several fall festivals popping up all season long, all over Fairfield County. Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don't miss out on CT fun again!

Halloween Witch's Finger Cookies Recipe for Your Halloween Party or Bake Sale

Every year a mom at our school makes these fabulous Halloween cookies and I've always wanted to try them myself. They're such a simple, clever idea and I love that they're not overly sweet with lots frosting like most theme cookies are. Feel free to improvise on the recipe. Some people add a little green food coloring or paint the fingernails. You can also add red gel to the "severed" ends or put some strawberry jam under the fingernails. Get creative.

10 Queens Restaurants with Backyards for Family Dining

Nothing beats outdoor dining in warmer months, especially with kids in tow, and in family-friendly Queens, there are plenty of spots where you can enjoy alfresco eats.

We don't mean a sidewalk table or two—we're talking an actual yard with ample seating and room for families to enjoy a meal. Outdoor dining often provides a more relaxed atmosphere, where kids can be entertained by simple pleasures like a passing butterfly or flowers on a nearby plant, and distant city noises offer cover for little ones who may forget to use their indoor voices.

We've highlighted several NYC eateries with outdoor seating options in the past, as well as exceptional spots where kids and families can eat and play. Now read on to take a closer look at restaurants in Queens with backyards for dining.

Dylan's Candy Bar Opens in Union Square

Ready those toothbrushes! Dylan's Candy Bar opened a new outpost in Union Square September 1, and it's full of sweet temptations for NYC kids—and adults. 

The store is laid out on a single floor, measuring a little over 3,000 square feet, making it smaller than the sweet spot's three-floor Upper East Side flagship. While it lacks the square footage and bar of its uptown sibling (yes, Dylan's makes a mean martini), this boutique version has a fun downtown flare that fits right into the neighborhood.


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